Unlike striking out in baseball, the act of dining out at a restaurant is progressive, universally celebrated, and rarely ends with the manager being thrown out. Tip your cap to etiquette with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of contemporary American cuisine at Dan McGee Restaurant in Frankfort.
Chef Dan McGee employs the culinary experiences he gleaned from working in kitchens situated within domestic borders as well those as far abroad as Paris and Lima. His menu parades such platters as the blackened, bone-in rib eye, which lounges beneath a blanket of red-wine sauce and sports kaleidoscopic sides of roasted sweet potatoes and asparagus ($32). Orders of pecan-crusted trout mingle amid a sheath of brown butter ($24) and plates of salmon employ their chili and lime flavors to pepper taste buds ($24). Pillowy platefuls of gnocchi also rock diners to sleep with a lullaby of asiago cheese and butter-poached lobster ($20), accenting the lingering flavors resulting from an appetizer of duck confit ravioli ($9).
Dan McGee's wine list culls bacchanalian concoctions from an array of international regions, drawing heavily from the vineyards, wineries, and amphorae of California ($7+/glass). The spirits suit the restaurant's contemporary décor, executed by interior designer Tom Nahabedian, who paired warm-toned walls with simplistic touches including white tablecloths, sleek chairs, and forks that refuse to break into vaudeville routines.